Chinggis Khaan International Airport

Duty Free Stores Chinggis Khaan Airport

Chinggis Khaan Duty Free ShoppingFor all international long haul flights to Mongolia, the arrival airport is Chinggis Khaan International Airport.Formerly Buyant Ukhaa Airport, the name changed in 2005 but kept its airport code, ULN, after the capital it serves, Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar).

Until the completion of the “New Ulan Bator International Airport” or NUBIA, Chinggis is Mongolia’s biggest airport.

For arriving passengers see our arrivals guide to: Mongolian Duty Free Allowances

This is a well laid out operation, with one terminal over three floors, but is old and tired. It’s home to flag carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines as well as the smaller carriers Mongolian Airlines (no relation to MIAT Mongolian), Aero Mongolia and Eznis Airways.International and domestic departures are from separate sections on the first floor which is also home to the business lounge, currency exchange, a cafe and the VIP area.

If you’re hungry and eager to shop, then the top floor is where to head for both the restaurant and the duty free shops. Prestige Supplies is the incumbent duty free operator at Chinggis Khan and has separate duty free shops in both arrivals (ground floor) and departures in addition to their Diplomatic store (downtown Ulan Bator next to the Attila Hotel) and its duty free border store on the Chinese border at Zamin Udd.

Operating both L’Écrin Duty Free and Mongol News Duty Free shops the choice here is very good and whilst we all know tobacco is big business within duty free the range here is probably the most extensive we have seen for sometime. In addition to the main global brands there are West, Gauloises, Winston, 555’s, Kent, Montecristo, Parliament, Double Happiness, Chunghwa and more. Add to this cosmetics, perfumes and fragrances from Clarins, Dior, Chanel, Guerlain, Prada, Givenchy and YSL and the panic of getting a last minute gift is made easier.

The sweet toothed traveller will be happy as most of the confectionery range from both Nestle and Godiva chocolates are available, while alcohol is really concentrated on hard spirits such as brandy and whiskies and of course Chinggis Khaan Premium Vodka.

For gifts, presents and souvenirs ranging from books, art, paintings, handicrafts and leather you’ll find most are Genghis Khan themed or related.But in a place where it’s impossible to differentiate between “that man” and “his country”, we think that’s great.